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The Newaygo County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 1035 E James St White Cloud, MI which is operated locally by the Newaygo County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Newaygo County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the White Cloud Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.
The Newaygo County Jail currently houses inmates for the West Michigan District of the United States Marshals Service. If anyone has questions relating to a federal detainee please contact the U.S. Marshals Service in Grand Rapids, MI - 616-456-2438. The original jail at 300 Williams St was designed to hold 36 inmates. As years went on and the county’s population grew, the jail became too small for the needs of the county. It was not uncommon for the count to reach 70 to 75 on a busy weekend. In 1989 the jail was forced to declare and invoke the Jail Overcrowding Act on five separate occasions. Inmates were released back into the community prior to the completion of their sentence.
Inmate Booking Fee - Each person booked into the Newaygo County Jail is required to pay a $12 Booking Fee to the Newaygo County Jail. A Civil infraction citation (ticket) will be issued at release for the $12.00 booking fee. Failure to pay this citation within 14 days of release from the Newaygo County Jail will result in the citation being turned over to District Court for collection, issuance of a Warrant and $150 fine, plus costs and must be paid at the 78th District Court (231-689-7255). Booking Fee payments will be accepted within 14 days of release at the Newaygo County Sheriff/Jail Administration Office by credit card or with EXACT cash (we do not make change).
If an inmate who has paid the booking fee is later found Not Guilty or the charges are dismissed (on ALL charges), they may fill out a Booking Fee Refund Form for a refund of the $12.00 fee paid. The required form is available at the Jail Administration Office. Once all requirements are met, a check will be issued within approximately the next week and mailed to the inmate.
Inmate Phone Use
Telephones are available in every housing unit and holding areas within the jail. Calls can be placed 24 hours a day. All telephone calls placed from inside this facility are recorded and monitored. There is a connection fee and per-minute charge for each connected call. The call will start with a recording that states the call is coming from the Newaygo County Jail and the person placing the call will give his/her name. At that time the call can be accepted or denied by following the prompts. The number called can also be blocked from ever being called again by following the prompt.
Fifteen-minute calls are $15.80. With an InmateAid number, we can get the same 15-minute call for $3.15 (save $12.65 per call). Click here to check it out.
Please make all inquiries pertaining to issues and billings to Securus Technologies at 1-800-844-6591.
1. An inmate shall be allowed to send mail to any person or organization unless there are reasonable grounds to believe one or more of the following exists:
The correspondence violates law or postal regulations
b. The inmate is a suicidal risk
There appears to be a plot against the security of the facility
The correspondence concerns plans or schemes for criminal activity
Sending correspondence violates a court order or bond condition
2. All incoming mail, other than privileged mail, shall be in the form of a 4 inch by 6 inch
pre-paid postcard. Photographs used as postcards are prohibited. This does not apply to legal mail.
3. Incoming mail will be inspected for contraband and will not be read by staff unless there is a valid reason to suspect security or criminal violation.
4. Properly identified incoming attorney and court mail for an inmate shall be opened only in the presence of the inmate and its confidentiality shall be maintained.
Mail will be considered legal mail if it is properly identified with a law firm or legal services provider name, address, attorney name, valid P number and designated as confidential legal mail. Mail meeting these criteria will be considered legal mail and will be delivered unless otherwise restricted.
5. Incoming legal mail shall not be read by staff without a search warrant or probable cause that the communicative content of the mail poses an imminent threat to jail security.
6. An inmate shall be allowed to send un-opened correspondence to representing counsel.
7. Outgoing mail may be opened and inspected for contraband in instances where the validity of the protected correspondence cannot be verified.
8. There shall be no correspondence between inmates lodged in the Newaygo County Jail.
B. Restricted Material
1. Any mail or publication that could potentially affect the safety, security or good order of the jail shall not be delivered to the inmate and shall be returned to the sender or placed in the inmate’s property.
2. Any mail that contains information regarding the manufacturing of weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, poisons, drugs or advocates disorder, riots or institutional disruption.
3. Any mail/publications containing any of the following shall not be delivered:
a. picture postcards
b. sexually explicit drawings or images
c. drawings, icons, symbols that may be considered gang-related
d. stickers, glitter, perfume
e. drawings written in crayon, gel pen, glue or other similar substance
f. depicting procedures for manufacturing alcoholic beverages
g. local newspapers
4. Drawings written in pencil or regular pen ink will be permitted with the above exceptions.
5. Third class mail shall not be delivered.
6. Personal checks are not accepted.
7. Stamps, envelopes or paper (available thru the commissary)
8. Any mail deemed undeliverable by jail staff shall be stamped “Return to Sender” and the reason indicated. This shall constitute notice to the addresser of the decision not to deliver the mail.
9. If mail is RTS the inmate addressee will be notified via the “Mail Return to Sender Notice” form that will be completed by staff and delivered to the inmate.
10. Addressers of mail that is returned may appeal the decision to the Lieutenant. This must be done in writing and must contain recipient information and sender’s contact information.
Addressee inmates who wish to file an appeal may do so via an inmate request form (kite) to the jail lieutenant.
All appeals must state “Mail Appeal” and include the reasons the person filing the appeal feels the decision was incorrect. The filer of the appeal will be notified of the decision.
The jail lieutenant receiving the appeal will consider the appeal and render a decision. This decision is final and cannot be appealed. If the lieutenant is unable to make a decision, two other administration members will be consulted and a majority decision rendered. This majority decision is final and cannot be appealed further.
Factors that will be considered during the appeal include whether the mail meets jail policy requirements. Also whether it contains contraband or adversely affects safety, security or the good order of the jail.
For non-inmate addressers, details of how to file an appeal are posted in the jail lobby and on the sheriff’s website under INMATE MAIL.
For inmates, the details of how to file an appeal are posted in housing units and in the inmate rulebook.
The quantity of mail that an inmate may keep will be limited so as to not create a safety or fire hazard. If, in the opinion of the jail command staff, the amount of mail is excessive, then an inmate must dispose of the excess mail or store it in his/her property locker.
No inmate mail, whether incoming or outgoing, will be held for more than (24) twenty-four hours, excluding weekends or holidays.
Housing/Medical Fees - Michigan Public Act 118 of 1984, MCL. 801.81
Michigan Public Act 118 of 1984 allows that County Jails may seek reimbursement for housing and expenses from inmates. Inmates are required to reimburse the County of Newaygo for a portion of the cost of their housing while incarcerated. This law, more commonly known as the “Prisoner Reimbursement to the County Act”, allows counties to charge up to $60.00 per day for room and board in addition to any expenses the inmate may incur while incarcerated.
The Newaygo County Jail offers many programs for incarcerated persons. The inmates may attend if they so desire, the following programs:
High School Diploma or Equivalent - Newaygo Community Education has made it possible for inmates to obtain their high school diploma or equivalent through classrooms set up at the jail. Every inmate who does not have a high school education is evaluated as to the educational level acquired and placed in classroom settings to obtain the necessary credits to complete their high school education.
Chaplain Services – Forgotten Man Ministries has made nondenominational church services available to anyone who wishes to attend. Forgotten Man Ministries has coordinated services which consist of several area churches who volunteer their time to conduct services within the facility on a weekly basis. Services are also available for our Spanish speaking population. Ordained pastors must register with the Jail Administration Office and receive a card which allows them passage into the facility at any time to visit with members of their congregation. Bible studies are available weekly for anyone who wishes to participate. The Department Chaplain has made himself available to see any inmate at any time of need.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling – One on one counseling has been made available for anyone in need.
Mental Health Services – Members of Newaygo Community Mental Health come to jail on a regular basis to assist inmates with any issues concerning their mental health. Counseling sessions are set up with inmates and are not terminated until those needs are met. They are also available 24 hours per day on an emergency basis.
Medical Services – All medical needs including emergencies are made available 24 hours per day. Any inmate in need of medical assistance can notify medical staff in writing and be seen as soon as possible. Referrals to specialists are made as necessary.
Inmate Commissary - The Newaygo County Jail contracts with Canteen Corporation for commissary needs. All inmates have the opportunity to have an account whereby personal hygiene and food items of their choice can be purchased. Money can be deposited into an inmate account through the use of the kiosk machine located in the lobby at the Sheriff's Office. Online services are available at www.ezmoneyload.com or by calling 1-888-497-2387. An operator will be available to assist you with your call. Another option is called I-Care. A commissary order can be placed and paid for with a credit card by calling 1-888-634-0034. That order will be sent to this facility with all other orders placed for that week. Please do not send money orders. Cash or money orders will not be accepted.
Newaygo County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Michigan. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.
The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you in locating your inmate.
As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.
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Visitation Dates and Times:
Off-site remote visits: Sunday through Friday 1:00 pm – 4:40 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On-site visitation: Satruday 1:00pm – 4:40 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Getting started is easy
Visits from home have a charge but are not restricted on how many times per week.
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Inmates in the Newaygo County Jail can be visited in the jail or at home through video visitation.
Visits are self-scheduled in advance online according to approved visitation hours. Go online to securustech.net/videovisitation and follow the prompts. If you do not own a computer, you can come into the lobby area of the Newaygo County Jail to schedule your visit on a visitation terminal. Your loved one is notified of the scheduled visit in advance and will be able to check in at the time of the visit by using the pin number and monitor number given to them by Securus once they have scheduled their visit. All visits are video visits are in a common area. Because it is a common area we request visitors supervise all children during on-site visits. Any inappropriate or disruptive behavior will cause the visit to be immediately terminated. Out of respect, all inmates and visitors have the right to have a pleasant experience during their visitation time.
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Newaygo County Jail is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.
Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.
The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.
The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.
The Newaygo Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.
Newaygo County Jail also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.
If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.
The Newaygo County Jail is located in Michigan and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 231-689-7024 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Newaygo County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.
The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.
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There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.
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Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.
A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.
The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.
Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.
Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.
Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.
Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP
Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.
Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.
MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.
An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.
This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.
We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.
Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card
There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.
Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell
Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.
When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.
Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.
Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.
The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.
Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.
It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:
Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!
In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!
Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.
Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.
Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.
You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.
The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.
In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges
For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.
For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.